What does Lenihan’s injury mean to Rovers?

It was revealed yesterday by Rovers and Darragh Lenihan himself, that the young Irishman had suffered a stress fracture.

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Lenihan suffered an injury away at Southend on the opening day, and spent the later stages of the match walking about up front due to his injury.

Rovers’ young Irish centre-half Darragh Lenihan has been dealt another blow after picking up a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal.

Lenihan today tweeted yesterday that he had broken his foot, and is expected to be out for several months.

 

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It’s not clear how this has happened, but Mowbray will be glad he managed to bring Paul Downing in on the final day.

While this news doesn’t have any impact on the current squad. It’s a step back in terms of depth.

As we have seen for many years now, our centre backs seem extremely fragile and going from 5 to 4 is quite a big deal. We are already without Wharton, meaning we only have 3 fit centre backs.

If we lose another or get less than 3 called up to the international break in October (presuming 1 is Mulgrew), we will not be able to postpone games against Bury and Blackpool and we will be down to 2 fit centre backs.

Lenihan is more than likely not going to step over the line again in 2017. Players returning from this sort of injury normally range between 5-34 weeks, but on average it’s about 15 weeks, which would leave the Irishman out until the busy Christmas period for Rovers.

It now means that Downing could potential be seeing some game time soon, most definitely in the cups. Mowbray won’t want to risk Ward and Mulgrew, like when he started Williams and Nyambe against Stoke Under 21’s – or he may use youth players like Matty Platt.

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Platt looked impressive when he replaced Derrick Williams on Tuesday against Stoke City U21s,

After the Stoke game, Mowbray mentioned that giving the young lads experience may help them if they are called upon this season. This may happen this season if Rovers, everything crossed this doesn’t happen, suffer an injury crisis.

Wharton was only supposed to be missing a few weeks back in July, so I expect him to be starting his comeback soon. He may be some way off acutally getting into the team after missing most of the preseason as well.

This is a huge blow as the defence hasn’t been solid at times this season. Lenihan’s return may have helped that a bit. That said, we may never see Lenihan in a Rovers shirt again.

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